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From Black Market, released November 9, 2015
Arranged by Drew Jurecka
Written by Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665)


Hor ch’è tempo di dormire
Dormi dormi figlio e non vagire,
Perchè, tempo ancor verrà
Che vagir bisognerà.
Deh ben mio deh cor mio Fa, Fa la ninna ninna na.

now it is time to slumber,
Sleep, my son, and do not cry,
For the time will come
For weeping.
Oh my love, oh my sweet, Sing ninna ninna na.

Chiudi, quei lumi divini
Come fan gl’altri bambini,
Perchè tosto oscuro velo
Priverà di lume il cielo. Deh ben mio ...

Close those heavenly eyes,
As other children do,
For soon the sky
Will be veiled in darkness. Oh my love, oh my sweet ...

Posa hor queste membra belle
Vezzosette e tenerelle
Perchè poi ferri e catene
Gli daran acerbe pene. Deh ben mio ...

Now rest these fine limbs,
So charming, so delicate,
For irons and chains
Will inflict on them harsh pains. Oh my love, oh my sweet ...

Queste mani e questi piedi
Ch’or con gusto e gaudio vedi
Ahimè com’in varij modi Passeran acuti chiodi.

These hands, these feet
We now contemplate
With pleasure and joy
Will, alas, be pierced by sharp nails.

Ah con quanto tuo dolore
Sola speme del mio core
Questo capo e questi crini
Passeran acuti spini.

Oh, with what pain,
Only hope of my heart,
Will this head and this hair
Be pierced by sharp thorns.

Ah ch’in questo divin petto
Amor mio dolce diletto
Vi farà piaga mortale empia lancia e disleale.

Oh, to think that in this heavenly breast,
My sweet, my precious,
Treacherous, villainous spears
Will cause mortal wounds.

Dormi dunque figliol mio
Dormi pur redentor mio
Perchè poi con lieto viso
Ci vedrem in Paradiso.

So sleep, my son,
So sleep, my Saviour,
For then, with joyful countenances,
We shall meet again in Paradise.

Hor che dorme la mia vita
Del mio cor gioia compita
Taccia ognun con puro zelo
Taccian sin la terra e’l Cielo.

Now you are sleeping, my life,
Joy of my heart,
Let all be hushed with pure devotion,
Let heaven and earth fall silent.

E fra tanto io che farò
Il mio ben contemplerò
ne starò col capo chino
Sin che dorme il mio Bambino.

And, meanwhile, what shall I do?
I shall watch o’er my love
And remain with bowed head
So long as my child sleeps.


from BLACK MARKET, released October 28, 2015
featuring Sylvain Bergeron: Lute
Joe Phillips: Bass
Roula Said: Qanun
Robbie Grunwald: Juno



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Erin Cooper Gay Toronto, Ontario

Erin Cooper Gay is a remarkably versatile and spirited musician. An affinity for collaboration compels her to seek out other artists who want to break ground and create new sound worlds.
A professional french horn player from the age of 19, having appeared with the Toronto Symphony for the past 11 years, she draws upon her eclectic background to pave the way as a kind of musical craftsman.
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